Every next level of your life will demand a different version of you.”unknown author
Is it time to change your life? A new year is right around the corner, and most of us are thinking about the possibility of change.
What do we want to happen in the New Year? Do you want to improve your life? Of course, you do! It is human nature to want more in your life and to be a better person.
There is never a better time than the start of a new year to make plans and set goals.
Here is the tough part. The clock strikes midnight on December 31st, and we have our list of ideas, either in our head or, hopefully, we have written them down. We celebrate the New Year, and the first week or two, we pay attention to our goals for the year. When a month or two goes by, most of us have very nicely fallen back into our old habits.
It is so easy and so comfortable to continue to do things the way we always have.
Remember, if you do nothing to change your life, life will change you. Life is ever-evolving. We may not notice it because we are too busy being comfortable doing the same thing every day.
Heads up people, you’ve got this. You can change. The decision is up to you. It requires a conscious choice and a strong effort, but no one can make it except you.
I have to laugh at myself because I have been trying to force myself to use the treadmill consistently. You know what did it for me, what made me finally commit to getting on that darn machine?
It’s crazy, but this is what is working for me. During the holiday season, the local grocery store where I shop offers Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer. I love it! However, I have not been drinking it for 2-3 years. I made a choice for my health, to not use creamers in my coffee.
So last week I was shopping, and I saw the display. I stopped and was probably drooling over the Peppermint Mocha creamer. I stood there for a few moments and thought about it; should I or shouldn’t I? Then for some reason, it clicked, and I decided to buy the creamer, but I made a trade-off. I would have to use my treadmill. No Treadmill. No Creamer!
It worked! I have been using my treadmill every day. Granted, I am not Speedy Gonzales. I am walking at a speed of 3 miles per hour, on an incline level of 4, and I do it for 30 minutes each time. It is a good start that I am determined to continue. I have also decided to use this bottle of creamer and then give it up. Once the season is over, it will no longer be available anyway.
I will continue to use the treadmill. For some reason, this time feels different. I know I have made a decision that works for me this time.
Now I am going to look at all my goals in a different way. What trade-off can I make? What am I willing to do to accomplish a new goal? What am I willing to give up for personal growth?
Many things that we do throughout the day do not benefit us in any way. How many times do we check our social media during the day? Let’s say we check Twitter, Facebook, Instagram three or four times. When we do this, how many minutes are we spending each time?
We do not even realize the length of time we are spending. What goal do you have for the new year? How much time have you allocated to each day toward achieving it?
See where I’m going here? You can make a trade-off. Check social media twice each day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Use that time to work on your goal instead.
How many hours do you watch TV each evening? Do you watch programs that you really enjoy, or are there some you watch just because they came on after your favorite show? Television can suck us in, and if we were to think about it, we might realize that we are wasting time. We waste valuable time. It is mind-numbing and not beneficial.
Sorry, but it is true, and I am guilty of it too. Let’s change it up this year and read a book instead.
The point is, we waste time. We do not think about it and, for the most part, are oblivious to it.
Here is a simple exercise to do. Take sheets of blank paper and complete the two suggestions below.
1 – For one week, keep track by writing down what you do and the amount of time used. Look at it at the end of the week, and I mean, LOOK at it. Make graphs if you have to. Make blocks on a piece of paper, write down the activity, and the amount of time spent. I think you will be surprised.
2 – What are your goals? How important are they to you? How much time are you willing to spend to achieve them? Write it all down. Whatever format you used for #1, use the same for #2, so you can compare them.
Now put them side by side. Look at sheet #1 and the time you are spending. Is there time spent anywhere on that sheet that you can eliminate and transfer to sheet #2?
Can you make a trade-off so you can work on your goal; so that you can achieve your goal?
Decide what you want. Decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work”.H. L. Hunt
Change can be frightening, but change can also be exhilarating. Worth the risk, let’s get working!
Open the door and take the first step into the New Year.
As always, thank you for reading my blog. Here is to trade-offs in 2020!